by Gerald McKoy
In California all children between the ages of 6 and 18 are required to attend public school unless they are exempted. If you want to pursue home education in California you must meet one of the options outlined below.
How to Homeschool in California
There are 4 options available to homeschool in California.
Option 1: Qualify as a Private Homeschool
Under § 48222, a homeschool could qualify as a private school by filing an annual private school affidavit also known as the PSA between October 1 and 15th of each school year. To get a full walk through in filling out the affidavit click here.
Option 2: Enroll in a PSP
Option 3: Hire a Private Tutor
You could hire a certified private tutor to instruct your child.
Option 4: Enroll in an Public School ISP program
You can enroll the child in a public school independent study program. Under this option, the child must abide by the rules and regulations of the public school.
Additional Followup Questions
Do I need a Teach Qualification?
If you register as a private school or enroll in a private school satellite program then you do not need any teacher qualifications. Certification is only necessary if the homeschool parent chooses to qualify as a private tutor.
Do I need to Administer Standardized Tests if I qualified as a private school?
Do I need to Administer Standardized Tests if I am an ISP of a public school?
You must abide by the same rules as the public school. Consequently, if the public school you are a part of requires testing then you must do the testing.